Friday, December 14, 2018
“You mean Hampta Pass trek?” “No. Hamta Circle trek.” “I have never heard of it. What is it? Ok. Let’s do it. ” Introducing the Younger Sibling That was the first time I heard about this lesser known trek near Manali. Often overshadowed by its glamorous elder sister, Hampta Pass Trek, the Hamta Circle (as is often true amongst siblings too) is often confused...
While any one of us at Pure Explore who are hopelessly bitten by the travel bug would love to have our very own take on Ernesto (Che) Guevara's classic Motorcycle Diaries, these three men went ahead and did just that. In this first person account, Ketan Joshi's new book 'Three Men on Motorcycles' brims with the enthusiasm and the excitement...
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A time lapse video featuring some of the landmarks of Kathmandu Valley. The film is made up of over 20,000 individual photos threaded together that were taken over a course of about 3 months! Isn't this beautiful and makes you want to go to Nepal?!
“Summer is gone with all its infinite wealth, and still nature is genial to man. Though he no longer bathes in the stream, or reclines on the bank, or plucks berries on the hills, still he beholds the same inaccessible beauty around him.” – Henry David Thoreau. Most would be surprised, but trekking in the Indian Himalayas can be an...
“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. The fluviatile trees next to the shore are the slender eyelashes which fringe it, and the wooded hills and cliffs around are its overhanging brows.” – David Henry Thoreau. For the complete set of...
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We recently came across this awesome Himalayas Motorcycle Tour shot on GoPro. Watch it and we bet next minute you will be planning your trip to Ladakh! Credits for the video goes to Extreme Bike Tours. Millions of Motorcycle videos out there, right? So we thought, why not "CREATE a Motorcycle video that rides across breathtaking Himalayas but in an...
Note: I undertook this trek thrice- 16th to 18th August, 2012, 28th September to 1st October 2012 and 29th to 31st December 2013. First time around, I had gone solo, relying on public transport while the second and third time, me and a friend had taken our own car. I have tried to pen down the experiences and information...
For a complete set of pictures from my trek to Kareri Lake in June 2014, please visit: Kareri Lake Trek Pics While most tourists in Dharamshala / McLeodganj flock to Triund for a short hike, Kareri Lake is a charming  destination relatively unknown to most of them which can easily be wrapped up in less than 3 days. Within last one year, I...
This is a lovely little hike if you want to walk among ancient forests and see plenty of bird life without expending too much time or energy. Rabangla is located on the ridge between Mainom (3,230m) and Tendong (2,590m) peaks. It has a scrub forest, which is home to a number of Himalayan birds, including the verditer flycatcher, bluefronted...
Click here for the complete set of pictures: Roopkund, October 2014 When I was unable to find a partner for Roopkund trek who would be willing to do it independently (without hiring guides or porters), I had doubts if I should be even attempting this trek alone. I had never gone above 13,500 feet in any of my previous treks and...

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